Unsigned playlist from March 4th show
Band - Warrington Music
Track - Swings & Waterslides
Warrington band Viola Beach were a hotly tipped act set to become the UK’s new favourite indie band. Everything was going their way - sold out gigs, national airplay, an album in the works and their first European tour dates booked. Sadly, on 13th February 2016 while travelling through Sweden, their lives were tragically cut short by a car accident.
The terrible accident that killed the band and their manager Craig Tarry sent shockwaves throughout the music world, and in particular, the band’s musical peers in their hometown of Warrington. However, over the past few years these musicians have strived to keep their memory alive by continuing their legacy. World famous acts such as Liam Gallagher and The Stone Roses encouraged people to get the band’s debut single ‘Swings And Waterslides’ to Number 1 in the charts, and Coldplay paid tribute to the group, covering their single ‘Boys That Sing’ while headlining Glastonbury Festival in 2016.
Now, five years on from their tragic deaths, a community of talented musicians from Warrington have come together to record a cover of Viola Beach’s single ‘Swings And Waterslides’, and will be released on Friday 12th February 2021.
The project was organised by Lee Harman, Editor of [WAM] Magazine, and supported by Viola Beach’s former sound engineer Cal Bate, who both wanted to create a suitable tribute to the band. Together the pair pulled together a band of musicians who have grown from the Viola Beach legacy to record a cover version of ‘Swings And Waterslides’, and all proceeds from the single’s success will be donated to charities of the Viola Beach’s families’ choosing.
Lee Harman of [WAM] Magazine has said of the project: “Viola Beach left their own legacy despite their short time together. They were the first of a new wave of bands who were proud to be from Warrington, and all the artists involved are honoured to be involved. We should have seen Viola Beach headlining the biggest festivals five years on but despite the pain and sadness getting easier every year, they put Warrington on the map, and we want to show they’re still an important part of the town’s culture.
“Kris [Leonard], Jack [Dakin], Tom [Lowe] and River [Reeves] have such an important part to play in keeping the Warrington Music [WAM] website active as I had all but stepped away from the blog but their tragic passing galvanised the towns scene and myself. I felt it was important to cover as much as I could about everything that was happening in the days and weeks after their tragic accident.”
Sound Engineer to the band for six months, and now working with Blossoms who had Viola Beach as their tour support, Cal Bate said:
"Viola Beach are a huge part of my life, the big stepping stone to my whole career. So to be able to produce a version of one of their songs with amazing musicians from Warrington meant the world to me. I was lucky enough to hear their songs and mix them a lot whilst working with them and they were always songs which you could tell they wrote for people to dance and love forever. The boys’ legacy will live on forever and they left us some beautiful music. They will never be forgotten and they are everything to Warrington and its music scene.”
Olly Thornton contributed vocals to the track, having shared bands with Kris Leonard in their formative years, and said:
"I'm really excited to be a part of something so special! This is a lovely way to remember the lads and Craig. I grew up with Kris, we were inseparable for the best part of our younger life, [and] to be asked to do something like this and to represent the teenage musical beginnings of Kris' life makes me very proud!”
Jessica Luise, who also performed vocals on the track, was able to fund the recording of her most recent single thanks to a bursary from the River Reeves Foundation - a charity set up by River’s family to provide funding to musicians from the local area - and said of the single: “I started working with the Rivers Reeves Foundation around a year ago, I love everything they stand for and think that what they do for musicians is wonderful, I never knew the lads personally but getting to experience the legacy they have left behind is amazing. It’s been an absolute privilege to be involved in this project and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
The single is being released under the name Warrington Music. A music video featuring all of the artists who contributed will also be released. The full line up of contributors to the recording is as follows:
Vocals: Jamie Boyle (The K’s), Joe Banks (The A.V Club), Lucy Bell, Liam Hillyer, Jessica Luise, Calan Nickle (Sienne), Olly Thornton (Uno Mas)
Guitar: Amy Woodall (Crawlers) & Nathan Greenfield (Aligners)
Drums: Chris Peake (Filthy Tricks)
Bass: Ed Dowling (The Zangwills)
Mix: Cal Bate (Former Viola Beach sound engineer)
Artwork: Cameron Brown
‘Swings And Waterslides’ was Viola Beach’s debut single, originally released on 27th August 2015 on Fuller Beans Records. The band subsequently released their second single ‘Boys That Sing’ on Communion Records, and their debut self-titled album was released posthumously on 29th July 2016, reaching number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.
Viola Beach were:
Kris Leonard (vocals, guitar)
Jack Dakin (drums)
River Reeves (guitar)
Tomas Lowe (bass)
and - Craig Tarry (manager)
‘Swings And Waterslides’ will be released on Friday 12th February 2021 on iTunes and all streaming platforms. All sales and streaming revenue from the cover version will be donated to charities chosen by the families of Viola Beach.
Band -Unwired Society
Track - Wall of Noise
Biog - Hull based punk trio launch their debut single “Wall of Noise”
RIYL: Green Day, Buzzcocks, Ramones, Aerial Salad
HULL, England. January 2021
“Wall of Noise”, the debut single of punk trio Unwired Society launched across
the world with a music video that will showcase what the band is all about and
who they are. The song details the ongoing paranoia, political chaos and
pessimism that affects us all.
Formed in 2018, Unwired Society was started and then reinvented in 2020 and
now consists of Dylan, Lydia and Max. Wall of Noise was recorded at Unit 45
Recordings, a new recording studio located in Hull City Centre and was
produced by Dylan Burton.
Dylan Burton: Guitar/Vocals (Producer/Mixer)
Lydia Sioux: Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Max James: Drums, Backing Vocals (Mastering)
Single Artwork by Dylan Burton and Rob Moses
Music Video by Rob Moses
Band - The Utopiates
Track - Antidote
Biog - Band members
Dan Popplewell (Vocals/Guitar)
Ed Godshaw (Keys)
Josh Redding (Lead Guitar)
Luke Nottingham (Bass)
Matt Dacey (Drums)
Formed in North London during the global pandemic and in the thick of a nationwide lockdown, The
Utopiates found themselves in the midst of a creative furnace. This was ignited by frontman Dan
Popplewell’s desire to write honest and brutal songs about his experiences of being a young man
during such a peculiar time. 4 months later the band have two exceptional singles under their belt and
plans to release a further 4 tracks in the first half of 2021, The Utopiates are determined to make a
Antidote was written to inspire those who are in a time of personal desperation. It draws upon our own
experiences of depression, anxiety and hopelessness, yet it’s a song that looks to find beauty in this
despair. If ‘Only Human’ is all the questions raised after observing the breakdown of community and
the ultimate frailty of human beings, ‘Antidote’ Is the the optimistic and hopeful response to those
questions. In a way this is a song that challenges the view of us that older generations have. The view
that we’re incapable of coming together for something bigger than ourselves. Ultimately, you can be
whoever you want to be and achieve everything they said we couldn’t.
It’s too all too easy to assume that this song was written about the pandemic. It wasn’t at all actually, it
addresses feelings that are experienced universally. But it’s difficult to ignore the poignancy of the
loneliness and disillusionment that many - perhaps all of us - have felt during this weird time.
We've were listening to a lot of 80's synth pop and indie guitar bands of the late 80’s/ early 90’s that
used electronic elements when we wrote this. Dan already had penned the lyrics and it all came
together very easily
Major influences on the band are bands that came from the UK’s halcyon, late 80s era in The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and Primal Scream, whilst also being drawn to 80’s synth pop and new wave artists such as Talk Talk, Duran Duran, Simple Minds and INXS.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter - @theutopiates Instagram - @theutopiates Facebook - facebook.com/theutopiates website - www.theutopiates.com
Band - Afternoon People
Track - Soveriegn
Biog - We formed in early 2019 and have been gigging in & around the Greater Manchester area at such venues as Deaf Institute,JimmysMcr,Band on the Wall,Manchester Academy to name a few.
We’ll also be supporting The Lathums in Hull April 22nd on their upcoming Uk tour.
Artist - Senses
Track - Drop Your Arms
Biog - Genre hopping guitar band SENSES are: Callan, Ian, Kavvy and Ronan. They combine arena ready hooks with evocative soundscapes to create their compelling sound. Equally influenced by shoegaze romanticism, alternative experimentation, and indie ambition, they have been making music and gigging around the UK since they formed.
SENSES first met while attending school in Coventry, UK and all come from Irish heritage. The quartet bonded over a shared love of diverse, underground music and their chemistry was instantly apparent in their early demos, which attracted attention from several major labels. Buoyed by radio support from the BBC, the group gigged across the UK and started work on their debut recordings with Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Blinders, Kid Kapichi).
The band seemed destined for a major breakthrough. However, a delay with a Japanese label brought things to a halt. This led to a hiatus for SENSES.
Undeterred, SENSES started envisioning a more ambitious plan for their future. Collaborating with several gifted filmmakers, photographers, and designers, SENSES began creating a multimedia campaign that would bring their story to life and all building towards the release of their victorious debut album.
ABOUT THE SONG
Drop Your Arms is the lead single from the band's upcoming debut album 'Little Pictures Without Sound' and an introduction to SENSES. The song is an instant, upbeat and energetic 'call to arms' and written as a reminder to people to fight for what is important to them and to not be afraid to drop your arms and learn to love your vulnerabilities. The lyrics quote "and I won't hold back to the feeling" - in current times these words resonate deeply. The song is about giving people hope, fighting for all the good in life and celebrating being dreamers.....because we all are.
The song sums up the current social and political climate but showing that better times are on the way.
Contact - sensescoventry on all socials
Artist - National Service
Track - Last January
Biog - National Service’s suitably sombre take on The Twilight Sad is also the last of those six Fierce Panda Covid Version releases to be officially released in the wake of woozy dreamboats MOON PANDA, who took The Strokes’ ‘Call It Fate, Call It Karma’ outside for a big cosmic cuddle in September. Then came DESPERATE JOURNALIST’s fearless lunge at ‘The Fear’ by Pulp, GHOST SUNS’ glowering stab at Nine Inch Nails’ classic ‘Hurt’, JEKYLL’s non-jokey stab at Japan’s ‘Nightporter’ and CHINA BEARS’ chilled tribute to Fountains of Wayne with ‘Hackensack’. All six covers will be collected together on the ‘Listen With Smother Volume Two’ digital EP and released on Fierce Panda’s birthday on February 26th 2021.
the militantly-named NATIONAL SERVICE are four troopers locked down in North London. They consist of Fintan Campbell (vocals/guitar), Daniel Hipkin (bass/vocals), Iain Kelly (guitar/vocals) and Matthew Alston (drums). ‘Last January’ is their new single, a hauntingly understated reworking of a Twilight Sad stormer from 2014.
Back in the panic-stricken spring of 2020, when the growing global pandemic ensured that the playing of gigs suddenly became as practical as the flying of pigs, fierce panda asked its newly domesticated acts to choose a favourite tune by another band with which to rockdown in lockdown. These covers would form the Covid Version Sessions, informal home recordings simply designed to capture the unsettling mood of the moment.
National Service lead singer Fintan duly showcased a solo performance of this classic Twilight Sad tune during that initial lockdown period. The National Service band have held a long-established, if geographically inconvenient, affection for and affinity with murky, moody artists grown from the fervent Glaswegian scene (Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai, Kathryn Joseph, Honeyblood etc.)
Little did we know however that nearly a year on new mutations of the virus would be causing even more concert-free consternation. Many of those springtime Covid Version recordings by the likes of Moon Panda, Desperate Journalist and China Bears have moved onto the streaming platforms over the past few months, and now National Service have revisited ‘Last January’ in time for this January.
After getting the initial nod from Twilight Sad lead singer James Graham, a solitary Iain Kelly set about fashioning a reimagined version of the tune, piecing together various offcuts of studio recording, drum tuning, rehearsal noises and ambient sounds from deserted London streets. The other members contributed new remotely recorded parts to create a heavily-orchestrated, sedately-ambient take on the original's tormented pangs of alienation, isolation and stasis that provide the perfect soundtrack to a hermitic and troubled year.
National Service’s suitably sombre take on The Twilight Sad is also the last of those six fierce panda Covid Version releases to be officially released in the wake of woozy dreamboats MOON PANDA, who took The Strokes’ ‘Call It Fate, Call It Karma’ outside for a big cosmic cuddle in September. Then came DESPERATE JOURNALIST’s fearless lunge at ‘The Fear’ by Pulp, GHOST SUNS’ glowering stab at Nine Inch Nails’ classic ‘Hurt’, JEKYLL’s non-jokey stab at Japan’s ‘Nightporter’ and CHINA BEARS’ chilled tribute to Fountains of Wayne with ‘Hackensack’. All six covers will be collected together on the ‘Listen With Smother Volume Two’ digital EP and released on fierce panda’s birthday on February 26th.
Band - Abi Rose Kelly
Track - Kill the Waitress
Biog - ‘Kill The Waitress’ is the new single by Abi Rose Kelly. It came out on 5th February 2021 and it’s a fierce, gritty listen, for fans of Courtney Barnett, Angel Olsen and Dilly Dally. Abi was longlisted for the Glastonbury Emerging competition in 2020 and this is her first release since that was announced
Kill The Waitress’ is the third self-released track by Liverpool based musician Abi, following up the slacker grunge single ‘Polaroids & Violence’, which has racked up over 100k listens on Spotify since its release in May 2020. This is also her first release since she was longlisted for the Glastonbury Festival Emerging competition in 2020, and although the competition finals were sadly never to be, she has since seen her audience grow, desperate to hear more from her.
The single’s pounding drum intro is an instant hook, and the punchy guitars are what fully pull you in. ‘Kill The Waitress’ is rough around the edges with a fiery moodiness running through. Switching from breathy vocals to a fierce, gritty roar in the chorus, Abi firmly sets herself up as an electrifying no-nonsense musician, while also laying bare her undeniable songwriting skills and crystallising an incredibly accomplished sound for a musician so new.
Abi says of the track: “‘Kill the Waitress’ is a song about how angry I am with facing the same angry people every day, and how I view my life in general, coming to terms with being miserable and getting on with it. No self pity here, we’re all human.”
‘Kill The Waitress’ is the hotly anticipated follow up to singles ‘James’ corsa’ and ‘Polaroids & Violence’, and there’s an EP and collaborations in the works for the rest of 2021. One thing’s for sure, there’s a fire burning inside Abi Rose Kelly that’s ready to be unleashed.
Find Abi at the following places:
Band - Michy Tree
Track - Floating House
Biog - Hi! I’m Michelle tree and I’m an alternative/indie musician and go under the artist name of Michy Tree. I’m 20 years old and based in Berkshire, United Kingdom, I’m releasing my second single “Floating House” on the 26th of February which is an alternative, indie, pop track. It was created, written, produced, mixed and mastered all by myself
Band - Aubrey Straw v Sound Egg International
Track - Familiar Face v Crystal Visions
Aubrey Straw V Sound Egg is a cross-generation collaboration embracing different genres, allowing them the freedom to breathe life into songs that were hitherto left to rot on the practise room floor.
This has culminated in the production of Familiar Faces V Crystal Visions.
Yes, all the Vs are a bit of a mouthful but the inspirational backstory is that there were two songs that had been left to stagnate...
Both ironically resurrected given the opportunity, time and inclination presented by the Coronavirus pandemic and loss of normal liberties through lockdown.
In fact, the song and video has been produced remotely in its entirety: written, recorded/filmed and produced from band members’ homes between Wales and Cyprus.
Fun facts: we are scared of reptilian humanoids living amongst us with plans to take over the world... But we enjoy tripping out and not worrying about it too much.
Sound Egg International